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Jack London's racial lives : a critical biography

Author: Jeanne Campbell Reesman
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jack London (1876-1916), known for his naturalistic and mythic tales, remains among the most popular and influential American writers in the world. Jack London's Racial Lives offers the first full study of the enormously important issue of race in London's life and diverse works, whether set in the Klondike, Hawaii, or the South Seas or during the Russo-Japanese War, the Jack Johnson world heavyweight bouts, or the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
biografi
Named Person: Jack London; Jack London; Jack London; Jack London; Jack London, pseud. van John Griffith Chaney.; Jack London; Jack London; Jack London; Jack London
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanne Campbell Reesman
ISBN: 9780820327891 0820327891 9780820337814 0820337811
OCLC Number: 225874019
Description: xviii, 389 pages, [40] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Jack London and race --
True north or white silence? Slave vs. "zone-conqueror" in the Klondike --
Marching with the censor: Jack London, author! And the Japanese army --
London and the postcolonial South Pacific --
Jack London, Jack Johnson, and the "great white hope" --
A "'Good Indian'"? Race as class in Martin Eden --
"Make westing" for the Sonoma dream --
"Mongrels" to "young wise ones": on the Mexican Revolution and On the Makaloa mat.
Responsibility: Jeanne Campbell Reesman.
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Reesman explores London's choices of genre by analyzing racial content and purpose and judges his literary artistry against a standard of racial tolerance. Although he promoted white superiority in  Read more...

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